Gaming & Culture

Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ends run with disappointing finale

Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) is a half-human, half-witch teenager facing the coming of the Eldritch Terrors. Netflix Then there’s Sabrina Morningstar (red headband), a version of Sabrina from an alternate timeline who becomes the Queen of Hell. Netflix Lucifer Morningstar (Luke Cook) is Sabrina’s father. His former lover Lilith (Michelle Gomez) is pregnant with his …

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The local politics of AirBNB’s ban on DC rentals

Enlarge / Airbnb said it will refund guests who had booked stays in Washington next week and reimburse hosts for lost income. Bonnie Jo Mount | Washington Post | Getty Images On January 9—three days after supporters of President Trump started a riot at the US Capitol—Sean Evans decided it was time for action. Evans …

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Report: Xbox’s “instant on” feature could consume 4 billion kWh by 2025 [Updated]

Enlarge / A lot of neon green power potentially Aurich Lawson / Getty Images Update 8:45pm EST: A Microsoft spokesperson provided Ars with the following statement: Users are given a choice during setup between the two power modes for the console: energy saving and instant on. To ensure players can select the option they prefer, …

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CDPR CEO blames “in-game streaming” for Cyberpunk’s console problems

CD Projekt Red is still trying to contain the damage from widespread reports of major technical problems in the versions of Cyberpunk 2077 released for the PS4 and Xbox One last month. To that end, studio co-founder and CEO Marcin Iwinski today tweeted a video message seeking to explain the internal situation leading up to …

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Owen Wilson must choose between real and fantasy worlds in Bliss trailer

Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek star in the forthcoming science fiction film Bliss. Owen Wilson (Shanghai Noon, Zoolander) plays a man who finds himself flitting between two worlds, one of which is supposedly a simulation, in Bliss, a new science fiction film coming to Amazon Prime next month that co-stars Salma Hayek (Desperado, Frida). Sure, the basic …

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Sean Bean joins cast as the elusive Mr. Wilford in Snowpiercer S2 trailer

Sean Bean joins the cast as the mysterious Mr. Wilford for Snowpiercer‘s second season, premiering on January 25 on TNT. Is there any series that is not improved by the addition of Sean Bean (aka Ned Stark in the first season of Game of Thrones)? TNT clearly doesn’t think so, bringing Bean on board for …

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The Codebreaker honors Quaker woman who helped bring down Nazi spy ring

Elizebeth Smith Friedman was a groundbreaking cryptanalyst who helped bring down gangsters during Prohibition and break up a Nazi spy ring in South America in World War II. The 2016 film Hidden Figures brought the forgotten Black women who worked at NASA during the Apollo program into the national spotlight. Now PBS is doing the …

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Anthony Mackie plays an android supersoldier in Outside the Wire trailer

Anthony Mackie stars as an android drone pilot in the near future who must track down a doomsday device in Outside the Wire. A drone pilot is sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for an android officer tasked with averting a doomsday scenario in Outside the Wire, the latest high-profile feature …

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That time physicist John Wheeler left classified H-bomb documents on a train

Enlarge / In 1953, the eminent physicist and H-bomb advocate took an ill-fated overnight train from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, that would indirectly lead to the Robert Oppenheimer security hearing. Michail_Petrov-96/iStock/Getty Images There’s rarely time to write about every cool science-y story that comes our way. So this year, we’re once again running a special …

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